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Every story has a backstory, even in today's 24-hour news cycle. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what's really going on behind the biggest stories in the news.

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Every story has a backstory, even in today's 24-hour news cycle. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what's really going on behind the biggest stories in the news.

    What We Know about the COVID-19 Vaccines

    What We Know about the COVID-19 Vaccines

    Dr. Paul Offit, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania and member of the F.D.A.’s vaccine advisory panel, discusses how the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work and how they could be distributed.
    Update: Since Noah and Dr. Offit spoke, Pfizer released an updated analysis of its vaccine trial data, showing that the vaccine is 95% effective overall and 94% effective for adults over 65: https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-conclude-phase-3-study-covid-19-vaccine
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    • 41 min
    Becoming a District Attorney

    Becoming a District Attorney

    Tali Farhadian Weinstein, the host of the Pushkin podcast “Hearing” and a candidate to become the next District Attorney of Manhattan, discusses how she thinks local prosecution can be reformed from within.
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    • 35 min
    A Former Surgeon General on the Coronavirus Pandemic (Rebroadcast)

    A Former Surgeon General on the Coronavirus Pandemic (Rebroadcast)

    This week, President-elect Joe Biden named Vivek Murthy as one of the co-chairs of his COVID-19 Advisory Board. We spoke to Dr. Murthy on September 30th and wanted to re-share that conversation with you today. As the coronavirus surges on and news about a possible vaccine develops, this conversation is more relevant than ever.
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    • 39 min
    The Election and the Courts

    The Election and the Courts

    Richard Pildes, a professor at New York University School of Law who specializes in legal issues affecting democracy, discusses the role that the courts could play in this election. 
    Note: This conversation was recorded on Wednesday, November 4th, at 12:30 pm EST.
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    • 48 min
    Deep Background Presents: Axios Today Election Special

    Deep Background Presents: Axios Today Election Special

    Noah Feldman is a guest on this episode of Axios Today, giving listeners a taste of what to expect for election night.

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    • 9 min
    Deep Bench: The Coming War

    Deep Bench: The Coming War

    Over the past few weeks on Deep Background, in addition to our regular show, we’re bringing you a special five-part series about the Supreme Court's dramatic rightward turn.
    In this fifth and final installment of Deep Bench, how this summer the Supreme Court's rulings revealed ideological rifts within the Federalist Society, rifts that could be large enough to eventually cause the organization to break apart.
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    • 35 min

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